The cheapest times to fly from IST to CTA are

  • January 8th to April 1st
  • June 4th to July 15th
  • October 29th to December 16th

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from IST to CTA is mid February. Prices can be as high as $586 for Saturday flights during early to mid August, or as low as $168 for Wednesday flights around mid February.


When to Fly to Catania

Flying from Istanbul (IST) to Catania (CTA) will usually cost between $181 to $400 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid February with an average ticket price of $202. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid August, with an average price of $471. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $269 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $294 can be considered a good price for a round-trip IST to CTA flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the IST to CTA route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

IST to CTA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the IST to CTA flight is much cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Istanbul. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.24, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Catania, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Istanbul. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $36 (12%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $266. Return trip prices are from the CTA to IST flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from IST to CTA can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 22 minutes may be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is a nonstop flight from IST to CTA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Luqa International Airport (MLA) in Malta

  • 116 miles (187 km) away from CTA
  • Usually 18.03% less expensive than CTA
  • Nonstop flights available

See IST to MLA flights


Flight Hacking IST to CTA

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from IST to CTA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Venice (IST > VCE > CTA)

  • Price for both tickets: $294
  • Average savings: $1 (0.17%)

See IST to flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from IST to CTA? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 15 major airlines flying this route most often: Aegean, Aeroflot, Air France, Air Malta, Air Moldova, Air Serbia, Alitalia, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, Pobeda, Royal Jordanian, SAS, TAROM, Turkish Airlines, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Catania-Fontanarossa Airport to Ataturk Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 774 miles or 1246 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from IST to CTA?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop IST to CTA flight is about 2 hour 22 minutes.

How many flights go between Istanbul and Catania?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 27 available flights from IST to CTA.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code IST
Origination airport name Ataturk Airport
City Istanbul
Country Turkey
Latitude 41
Longitude 28.8

Return Airport

Destination code CTA
Destination airport name Catania-Fontanarossa Airport
City Catania
Country Italy
Latitude 37.5
Longitude 15.1


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